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Sharley Beverlin McMullen Obituary
Sharley Beverlin McMullen

4/15/41-6/6/2014

Born in Wray, Colorado to Marjorie and Charles Jackson Beverlin, Sharley came by her Bronco pride honestly. She left Colorado with her parents, aunt and grandmother to build her own log cabin along the banks of the Kuskokwim River in 1948. Living in McGrath, Alaska, one of her favorite childhood pastimes was to ride along with the mailman as he flew his delivery route in his single-engine plane. Never one to fear extremes, she transitioned from a rugged upbringing in the middle of Alaska to high school in Cocoa Beach Florida. After high school, she worked as a secretary on Cape Canaveral at the height of the Space Race. She made the acquaintance of Robert McMullen. a handsome engineer-and frequent visitor from TRW in Manhattan Beach California—and their love story took off in Las Vegas at the Wee Kirk of the Heather Chapel—and lasted for 53 years.

As a young mom in the 1960s Sharley began to build a life that would embrace the opportunities presented to her. She participated actively in the PTA at Robinson Elementary, she sewed matching mother/daughter outfits for Soroptimist fashion shows, she hosted countless sleepovers and made specialty birthday cakes. She led Brownie and Girl Scout troops and cheered at Mira Costa football games; she baked cookies and sewed uniforms for Mira Costa Drill Team girls. Her home was the center of countless memories—including weekly Xerox lunch parties in the backyard and holiday gatherings which always included too much delicious food—usually inspired by her favorite chef, Julia Child. She was an ambitious and early adherent of "gourmet" cooking. She never feared trying out a new recipe on guests and her generosity as a hostess matched with her talent as a cook made the home she created with Bob a familiar gathering place for countless guests.

She served for over 25 years on the Hometown Fair committee—in every capacity from Free Speech Coordinator, President, Beer Garden "CFO", and Chili Cook-Off judge. Her devotion to her hometown did not dim her love of travel. She and Bob started their early travels cross country in their 1961 VW bug—heading to New Jersey to visit his parents, south to Florida to visit hers and then back east through Texas home to California. They repeated variations on this trip over the years (always in a VW Van) with occasional detours to Colorado and Canada, until the 1980s when Bob resumed flying his Cesna . The two would hop in the plane and head out for date nights in Catalina or Santa Paula, or pack up the family and take a quick jaunt to Texas or Florida to visit her numerous and beloved relatives.

Sharley embraced adventure and also loved the pleasures of home. Her season tickets at the Fabulous Forum gave her a chance to cheer her Lakers; she staked out her spot early for Concerts in the Park; after retirement, she took to working weekly in her church office. "Down time" was a foreign concept to her. Although she battled the difficulties associated with breast cancer for 20 years, she never let illness define her. We salute her bravery through countless surgeries and her ability to surmount the physical limitations imposed by her illness over the past several years.

She was predeceased by her father, Charles Beverlin and will be greatly missed by her mother Marjorie (of Merritt Island, Florida), her husband Robert, her children Lecia and Shawn and their spouses Gregg and Charlie. Her grandchildren, Maura, Simone, Lucas, and Rhiana will cherish forever the special memories of their incomparable "Purple Popo."

A service in her honor will be held at New Life Christian Church on Saturday, June 21 from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. (5009 West 119th Street | Hawthorne, CA 90250) An open house following the ceremony will be held at 817 Dianthus Street—please bring a memory or picture of Sharley to share. In the spirit of Sharley, all are welcome and, naturally, there will be plenty to eat and drink. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 14, 2014
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